This morning, the Duchess of Cambridge officially opened The ICAP Art Room at Northolt High School in Ealing, London. The opening has been over a year in the making, thanks to a generous donation back in 2012. Kate had the honor of officially opening the facilities as part of her patronage of The Art Room.
Kate has been a patron of The Art Room since January 2012. Her passion for arts and her compassion for children made this particular charity a perfect match for her. According to The Art Room website:
The Art Room offers art as therapy to children and young people to raise their self-esteem, self-confidence and independence.
Many of the children who come to The Art Room are disengaged from mainstream education, disruptive or withdrawn and all have been identified as needing special time away from their classrooms.
Students use these facilities as a form of therapy, and their activities help them to grow confidence, self-esteem, and engagement with education through art.
The ICAP Art Room at Northolt High School began its work in September 2013, at the start of the current school year. Up to 60 high school students each week attend small group session. In the future, the program will extend to students in neighboring schools throughout the Ealing community.
The Duchess of Cambridge arrived in Ealing bright and early around 10:30 in the morning to the cheers and applause of students and staff. While the students waited for her arrival, they gave out chocolate candies to celebrate the Valentine’s holiday. She was greeted by staff and a gymnasium filled with students.
The Duchess of Cambridge met with staff and specially-selected students to represent the school and the new Art Room project. Kate also attended a brief session of The ICAP Art Room to get a hands-on feel for the program. She spoke with representatives of the school and the charity to learn more about their work together and officially opened the new facility.
Kate wore the LK Bennett “Detroit” fitted dress in Snorkel Blue, a very flattering and timeless silhouette. The dress has a pencil skirt, flattering panels and a cinched waist.
Kate accessorized with her Episode “Angel” black suede pumps and a matching clutch. Her jewelry included Kiki McDonough earrings, her Mappin & Webb necklace, and a new watch by Cartier.